Westphalian Ham on Potato Pancakes with Parsley Sour Cream


Potato Pancakes with Ham and Sour Cream
Golden homemade potato pancakes decked out in seasoned parsley sour cream and topped with smoke cured Westphalian or Black Forest ham.
Course Appetizers
Region North Rhine Westphalia


  • 8 ounces Westphalian ham or use Black Forest Ham
  • 1 lb potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 egg
  • pepper
  • salt
  • nutmeg
  • butter or oil for cooking
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • bunch of parsley


  • Peel potatoes and grate into a bowl. Place into a sieve and allow the liquid to drain. All the liquid to sit for a few moments so that the starch drops to the bottom, then drain off the liquid on top.
  • Peel the onions and grate. Wash the parsley and chop 2/3 of it. Cut ham into small strips. Mix together the potatoes, onions, eggs and starch and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions.
  • Heat butter or oil in a pan and fry the potato cakes until golden brown.
  • Mix the sour cream with the parsley and season with salt and pepper. Put the cooked potato cakes onto warm plates, pour over the sour cream mixture and divide the ham strips evenly between the plates. Garnish with parsley.


Adler Orginial Black Forest Ham (Schinken), 1.2 lbs. loaf




This is the real, authentic Black Forest ham, made by Hans Adler OHG. It’s a prosciutto-type smoked and cured “raw ham” (Rohschinken), quite different from what is known as the cooked Black Forest ham in the US.

Perfect with white asparagus. And for the charcuterie plate and large dinner parties. Cut of an inch and further cut that piece into paper thin slices.

Of course, you can slice and dice this ham to your heart’s delight. Comparable in quality and uniqueness to Parma and Serrano hams, Adler’s Black Forest ham is a great companion to great bread, melons and just eaten by itself. 

Cover the ham in dish cloth and keep refrigerated after opening the package. The ham, protected by a hard rind, will stay fresh and edible for months inside the refrigerator, wrapped in cloth. Only use plastic foil to cover the cutting edge.

Serve Adler Schinken

  • in salads
  • as cold cut in charcuterie buffets, with pickles and olives
  • on pizza or quiche Lorraine
  • on baguettes with fresh tomatoes and cheese

Best enjoyed: 1. Cut a 3/8″ slice off the ham 2. Lay flat and remove rind 3. Slice paper-thin strips or cut into small cubes.

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